PEIFA Golf Tournament

Thursday, August 10th – Countryview Golf Course. 9:00a.m. shotgun start. Includes 9 Holes of golf, cart and bbq steak dinner – $60.00 per person.

Contact Jennifer at 902-368-7289 or jmurphy@peifa.ca to register.

MUST PRE-REGISTER by August 4th.

 

Local, Regional, Canadian News

 

Bob (Robert) L. Ross scholarship open for applications
Applications are now being accepted for the Robert L. Ross Memorial Scholarship, which gives a Canadian farmer the chance to attend the Canadian Total Excellence in Agricultural Management (CTEAM) program. MORE

 

BCCA connecting ranchers, haulers in wildfire areas

Livestock producers needing to move animals out of wildfire zones in British Columbia’s Interior are being asked to contact the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association. MORE

 

Municipalities unimpressed with Hydro hikes

Local governments aren’t happy with word Manitoba Hydro is hoping to increase rates by nearly eight per cent a year for the next half-decade. MORE

 

Wheat City food survey wraps

The City of Brandon could be one step closer to establishing a food policy council. MORE

 

Environmental Farm Plan Renewals

The Enhanced Environmental Farm Plan Program sent out renewal letters in early 2017 to notify producers that their environmental farms plans would be expiring at the end of the year. If you are a producer who has not yet contacted the office to have your plan updated please call Matt or JoAnn at 902-368-7289.

EFP’s are valid for 5 years and we encourage all farmers to participate in the program. Participation in the program also allows you to apply for funding through the Growing Forward 2 Agriculture Stewardship Program, Farmland Finance Program and the Future Farmer Program. For your convenience the EFP can be completed at your farm or at the PEI Federation of Agricultural office and takes approximately 1.5 hrs to complete. EFP’s are no cost to the producer.

If you feel your EFP may be expired and you have not yet been contacted please call the office and we will check the status of your last plan. Further information on the Enhanced Environmental Farm Plan Program can be found on the PEI Federation of Agriculture webpage www.peifa.ca/efp/

 

Client Satisfaction Survey: Business Risk Management Programs

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, in collaboration with provincial partners, has launched an online survey seeking producers’ input on the level of satisfaction with our Business Risk Management (BRM) programs (AgriStability, AgriInvest, AgriInsurance, and Advance Payments Program). The survey is intended to be completed by producers who have applied to these programs in recent years and focuses on their experience with them.

Results from this survey will help us understand client expectations and improve BRM program delivery services.

The anonymous survey will be available until July 31, 2017 and will take approximately 5-10 minutes to complete.

To complete the BRM Client Satisfaction Survey, please click here.

Thanks in advance for helping us better serve Canadian producers.

 

Livestock

 

Feeder market eyes feed grain rally

Western Canadian feeder cattle prices were relatively unchanged from week-ago levels. Limited cattle were on offer with the shortened holiday week, but quality groups were well bid. Feedlot operators have been aggressively selling fed cattle, freeing up pen space. MORE

 

US Beef Debuts in China’s Retail Sector

USMEF recently noted that US Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue was in China to promote the return of US beef. MORE

 

Fund buying rallies cattle futures

Chicago Mercantile Exchange live cattle contracts on Tuesday reversed Monday’s losses, supported by short-covering and technical buying, said traders. MORE

 

Colombia Reports Two Outbreaks of FMD in Cundinamarca

The Colombian veterinary authorities have reported two further outbreaks of Food and Mouth Disease (FMD) at cattle farms located in Cundinamarca. MORE

 

SC Extends Centre’s Ban on Sale of Cattle for Slaughter

The Supreme Court on Tuesday extended across the country the Madras High Court order, putting on hold the Centre’s notification banning the sale and purchase of cattle for slaughter from the cattle market. MORE

 

Video Promotes Greater Understanding of VIA Technology

AHDB Beef & Lamb is aiming to increase understanding about the use of Video Image Analysis (VIA) in beef carcase classification through a new video. MORE

 

India’s top court suspends ban on trade in cattle for slaughter

India’s Supreme Court suspended on Tuesday a government ban on the trade of cattle for slaughter, a boost for the multi-billion dollar beef and leather industries mostly run by members of the Muslim minority. MORE

 

Family, Self-Sufficiency, and Innovation

It was the Porter family’s resiliency and perseverance that led them to found Porter’s Dairy Farm. The farm provided for the family and has fed the community for the past 120 years. MORE

 

Dairy farmers fined for employing illegals
A farm wife in upper Michigan has been fined $187,500 after she pleaded guilty to hiring 124 workers without checking their legal status. MORE

 

Workers Coping with PED Urged to Reach Out for Support

Swine industry workers coping with the emotional stress involved in dealing with the devastation caused by Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea are being encouraged to reach out for support MORE

 

Hogs seen as key factor in input cost hikes

Canada’s Farm Input Price Index has climbed slightly for the first quarter of this year. MORE

 

Olymel investing in Alberta
Olymel plans to invest $2 million to renovate and equip its plant at Red Deer, Alta., to produce fresh sausages.
Work on the renovations and installation of refrigeration and other equipment will begin at the middle of the month. MORE

 

Strength in Foreign Demand for US Pork a Major Surprise of 2017

Let us briefly take a look back at the hog/pork sector for the first half of 2017. For the first six months of this year, US pork production and hog prices averaged near expected levels, reports Steiner Consulting Group, DLR Division, Inc. MORE

 

Establish Offshore FMD Vaccine Bank, Urge Veterinarians

Warning of the dire economic consequences of an outbreak of Foot-and-Mouth Disease (FMD), swine veterinarians from around the country during Capitol Hill visits yesterday and today will urge congressional lawmakers to establish an offshore vaccine bank to help quickly control and eradicate the animal disease. MORE

 

Woodall’s Charcuterie Wins Coveted Good Pig Award

Woodall’s Charcuterie has been awarded the prestigious Good Pig Award by the Good Farm Animal Welfare Awards. MORE

 

ASF Hits Ashanti Region; 400 Pigs Killed

An outbreak of African swine fever has hit the Ashanti region, the Veterinary Services Department has revealed. MORE

 

Atlantic Stockyards Market Report – July 6 – HERE

*Scroll down to find current report

Ontario Cattlemen’s Association Market Report – Tuesday, July 11 HERE

 

Potatoes

 

Launch of organic single wrapped microwaveable potato

Fresh Solutions Network announces that it will be launching its new Side Delights® Farmer’s Table® Organic Russet single wrapped, microwaveable potato – a line extension to the Farmer’s Table Organic potato line up. MORE

 

New Varieties to be Highlighted in Texas

The annual Potato Field Day in the High Plains featuring the Texas A&M University AgriLife Potato Breeding and Variety Development Program will be held July 13. The program is jointly hosted by Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Bruce Barrett Springlake Potatoes, Inc. MORE

 

Global Food Prices continue to increase in June

The FAO Food Price Index (FFPI) averaged 175.2 points in June 2017, up 2.5 points (1.4 percent) from May and 11 points (7 percent) above its level a year earlier. MORE

 

Side Delights adds Organic Russet Single Wrapped, Microwaveable Potato to its Farmer’s Table Organic potato line up

Fresh Solutions Network announces the launch of its Side Delights® Farmer’s Table® Organic Russet single wrapped, microwaveable potato – a line extension to the Farmer’s Table Organic potato line up. MORE

 

Abi-Ghanem Elected to AIARD Executive Board

Rita Abi-Ghanem, senior director of research and development at Bio Huma Netics, Inc. (BHN), has been elected to a four-year term to serve as an executive board director of the Association for International Agriculture & Rural Development (AIARD). Her term began June 7. MORE

 

AAFC / InfoHort Potato Reports HERE

USDA – Daily National Potato and Onion Report HERE

 

Crops

 

North American Grain/Oilseed Review: Canola down, but beans up

ICE Futures Canada canola contracts were weaker on Monday, as bearish chart signals weighed on values. MORE

 

ICE Futures Canada Tuesday: Canola futures prices lower, barley unchanged HERE

 

Gene labelling tools hope to better target blackleg

Researchers say better gene classification will help match blackleg-resistant canola varieties to races of the fungus found in the field. MORE

 

U.S. state-level dicamba bans temporary

A ban on dicamba applications in Missouri could end by the weekend, a state agriculture official said Monday. MORE

 

Soybeans set four-month top

U.S. soybean futures hit a four-month high Tuesday on worries about stressful crop weather in the Midwest and as traders squared positions one day ahead of monthly reports from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. MORE

 

AM markets: corn, soy struggle despite US crop deterioration HERE

PEI Grain Elevator Prices – HERE

Grain Farmers of Ontario – Daily Commodity Report HERE

More Futures Prices HERE and HERE

 

General Interest

 

Dow to sell part of Brazil corn seed business

Dow Chemical said it had agreed to sell a portion of its corn seed business in Brazil to a unit of China’s CITIC Ltd. for US$1.1 billion as it seeks to gain approval for its merger with DuPont from the country’s antitrust regulator. MORE

 

Identifying, Assessing Risks of Food Contaminants as Early as Possible

Dioxins, mineral oils, perfluorinated substances – not only do people not obtain important nutrients with their food, they also ingest undesirable substances which can affect health when taken up in certain quantities. MORE

 

Regular Updates

 

Weekly PEI Agriculture Market Reports – July 7 HERE 

FCC Express – July 7 HERE

Rayglen Market Comments – July 5 HERE

Ontario Farm Market Summary – Tuesday, July 11 HERE

AgWeather Atlantic HERE

Today’s Local Weather – HERE

 

Meetings and Events

 

3A Airbrakes Test Facilitation
***UPDATE–WE ARE NOW TAKING NAMES FOR OTHER DATES THAT MAYBE OFFERED FOR 3A TRAINING IF INTERESTED PLEASE GET YOUR NAME ON A WAITING LIST FOR THE NEXT TRAINING SESSIONS!! WE MAYBE OFFERING SESSIONS IN JULY, AUGUST & SEPTEMBER***

From field to road…do you have employees that drive your trucks, but don’t have their licenses?

We are looking for experienced drivers that would like to obtain their Airbrakes and Class 3A license.

The PEI Agriculture Sector Council will be facilitating these two courses through JVI and Access.

This project will be processed through the Canada Job Grant and Skills PEI.

Draft Schedule:

Day 1- Airbrake theory

Day 2- Review of Airbrakes and Airbrake test (written on site), Preform a pre-use inspection

Day 3- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Day 4- Driving and Testing for Class 3A (time scheduled test on site)

Requirements- must have valid truck driving experience, but not licensed & Medical completed and returned

Lunch will be provided

For more details on registration requirements, contact Laurie at 892-1091.

Registration is now open, limited seating available. To sign up, contact the PEI Agriculture Sector Council at 892-1091 or e-mail info@peiagsc.ca

 

Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

The Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative has been approved for a 2 year period.  Applications will be accepted starting April 26, 2017.

The program is designed to hire youth aged 15 to 30 for internships of up to 12 months.  It will be of interest to producers and organizations working in the agriculture industry and interested in implementing agriculture projects that are environmentally beneficial.

Producers operating a farm or ranch can hire a young person to implement an environmentally beneficial project in their operation.

Agricultural organizations, such as watershed groups and companies providing environmentally beneficial services can access the program to support an environmentally beneficial project their organization is implementing. Research organizations can receive funding to support their agricultural research that benefits the environment.

For an application form and more details on the program, please visit: Agricultural Youth Green Jobs Initiative

 

Obsolete pesticide & animal health medication collections – November 6 – 17, 2017

Prince Edward Island from November 6 – 17, 2017.

Collection site locations and dates are available HERE.